Many watchers were surprised by the Rio Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, which featured a film explanation of the disastrous effects of global warming. The consciousness about environmental impact has been carried over into the new Museum of Tomorrow, which was built into a previously derelict area of the old port of Rio de Janeiro.
Known locally as the Museum do Amanhã, the building is already considered one of the world’s greatest structures. The museum is the brainchild of Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava. It stands at attention near the waterfront on Pier Muaua. The museum is at the intersection of art and eco-responsibility.
The $59 million dollar structure is devoted to the effects of global climate change and the steps mankind must make in order to save itself. The area of the port of Rio was one of the most crime-ridden areas of the city. Today it stands as an example of the gentrification that will soon make it a top destination for tourists. The area is already becoming a sought-after area for residents to live and play. Museum of Tomorrow shares the block with the new Museum of Art which opened a few years earlier.
The solar spines of the building are designed to change along with the environmental conditions in the atmosphere. Outside, the architect was influenced by the beautiful bromeliads that are seen everywhere in Rio’s Botanical Gardens. The interior is very much in line with modernism, in particular the concrete structuralism of Oscar Niemeyer.
The building hopes to be a beacon for sustainable building practices. Its designers promise that it uses up to 40 percent less energy than traditional structures. About 9 percent of the building is powered by solar energy. The cooling system uses water from the nearby bay to reduce the draw on electricity.
The idea behind the Museum itself is that humanity is not yet ready for tomorrow. Instead, it must draw on new ideas and new forms of living in order to avoid a man-made catastrophe. As such, it is dedicated to ideas rather than objects.
So what exhibits are inside the Museum of Tomorrow? Mostly digital projections and movies that tell stories about the current state of the world. The long hall leads visitors through human history, examining what we know about the earth’s origins, explaining key moments in world history and highlighting questions that scientists have yet to solve.
The Museum avoids feeling like a boring science project. It enlisted director Fernando Meirelles, who directed the award-winning movie City of God, to create a “cosmic portal” that gives a whirlwind eight-minute tour through more than 17 billion years of history, evolution and geology, explaining exactly how the earth of today came to be. Art installations explain biology, DNA, plant-life, and complex geological forms.
The most chilling exhibitions explore what the world could look like in 50 years, if change considers at its current space. An interactive exhibition helps visitors problem-solve together, as teams of four people make decisions that will either improve or diminish the prospects of continued life on earth.
Originally posted 2016-08-12 01:41:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter